The National Glass Collectors Fair
In Focus: 11 November 2012
Whilst updating the Preview Gallery for our 11 November 2012 fair we chose to highlight several significant pieces of glass that were offered for sale by our exhibitors at the next National Glass Fair.
|Rare Green Opaque Twist
This rare drinking glass dates back to the mid
18th century (c. 1760) and features an ogee bowl that sits sits over a double series opaque twist stem on a conical foot.
The height of the glass is 14.6cm.
Similar drinking glasses can be seen in the 'Durrington Collection' catalogue and the renowned 'Walter F Smith Collection' catalogue.
Visit the 18th Century Preview Gallery to view further examples of 17th and 18th century drinking glasses and glassware that were offered for sale at our November 2012 glass fair.
Jewellery designed by Lawrence Vrba for Miriam Haskell
This necklace, bracelet and earrings set (right) is one of two examples featured in our 19th & 20th Century Preview Gallery.
The jewellery dates to the 1940s - 1950s and was designed by Lawrence Vrba, who was the chief designer for Miriam Haskell. The glass beads imitate lapis lazuli,
turquoise and red natural stones used in ancient Egyptian jewellery.
Vrba also had his own atelier where he designed for his own clients. He was an incredibly artistic man who also produced designs for other fields. For instance, he attracted a great deal of admiration when he was commissioned to design the sets, costumes, and costume jewellery for the 1950s film The Tales of Hoffman. His bold designs and exquisite use of bright colours and gold made him an important figurehead in decorative arts.
Visit the 19th & 20th Century Preview Gallery to view more jewellery by Lawrence Vrba, as well as further examples of glass from this period.
|Contemporary engraved vase
by glass artist Chris Ainslie
This superb example of contemporary engraving was created by glass artist Chris Ainslie.
Prior to his formal art training, Chris spent two years working in the studio of the late French tapestry designer, Dom Robert. The associated decorative emphasis on pattern, texture and linear design has subsequently been a strong influence on Chris' engraving style.
After spending three years at Wimbledon College of Art in the early 1960s, Chris focused on stained glass, wood engraving, graphic design and lettering. His grounding in calligraphy and hand made letter forms was to stand him in good stead when it came to glass engraving. Three years in a stained glass studio preceded seven years teaching art in the private school sector. It was later on that the fortunes of chance introduced him to the discipline of glass engraving.
Chris became a craft member of the Guild of Glass Engravers in 1978 and ten years later he was elected an Associate Fellow. In 1997 Chris was made a Fellow and he is also a member of the Contemporary Glass Society.
More Information: www.ainslieglass.co.uk
Visit the 11 November 2012 Contemporary Preview Gallery to view further examples of Chris Ainslie's engraving, as well as a broad variety of items by other contemporary glass artists.